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From monthly archives: January 2001

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Black Hawk Down (2001) ***

There are quite a few moral questions that should have been presented at the heart of this story. And although some of these questions are touched upon, Ridley Scott, so it seems, is a filmmaker interested more in portrayal of violent conflicts than in moral questions.

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Pearl Harbor (2001) **

Pearl Harbor, the movie, suffers from melodrama topped off with tears and misplaced dramatic music. A complete miss.

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No Man’s Land (2001) ****

The futility of war and the stupidity of those who are official trying to stop it, get center stage in this Academy Award winner. It’s a sad movie but the director smartly weaves into it dark humor and moments of comic relief.

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In July (Im Juli) (Germany, 2001) ***

Despite an expected plot and some other flows, what makes this film watchable is the charm of its characters and a sense of naiveté which reminded me somewhat of Before Sunrise.

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Nowhere in Africa (2001) ****

A sensitive German film about the Holocaust and WWII, told from a different angle. It tells the story of a German Jewish family that escaped to Kenya during WWII, fleeing the Nazis and ending up running a farm.

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Movie Review: Elling (2001) ***

In a nut-shell (literally) – this Norwegian film is about two mentally unstable characters, with Elling being one of them, who are released from a mental institute onto a regular town apartment in Oslo, arranged for them by the Norwegian government (“at the tax payer’s expense?!” will no doubt frown Americans watching this movie) , in an attempt to rehabilitate them back into society. The film follows their everyday little struggles to adjust. Although well thought out, not over-acted, not over-complicated, and at the same time spreading occasional little hints that abnormalities are what make society what it is, in all frankness, I just didn’t care enough… The film was nominated for an Oscar and was, I believe, well-received. On the positive side I turn to side with the NY Times Critic bottom line: “Elling believes so fervently in humanity that it feels almost anachronistic, and it is too cute by half. But arriving at a particularly dark moment in history, it offers flickering reminders of the ties that bind us.”

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